Evaluation of the Thermal Comfort in the Design of the Museum Routes: The Thermal Topology

Contemporary Urban Affairs
2018, Volume 2, Number 3, pages 122– 136
Evaluation of the Thermal Comfort in the Design of the
Museum Routes: The Thermal Topology
1 Department of Architecture, University of Bejaia, Algeria.
² Laboratoire de Conception et de Modélisation des Formes et des Ambiances (LACOMOFA), Department of Architecture, University
of Biskra, Algeria.
³MCB at the Department of Architecture, University of Bejaia, Algeria.
4 The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment, the Robert Gordon University, UK
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Museums are nowadays among the most popular projects for the
public, the concept of thermal comfort in museums is often treated after
the realization. Even if in the design, the architect shows a particular
intention to work with daylight which is considered for these projects as
main, the architect often considers certain elements that have an
influence on the energy balance of these projects such as: orientation,
building materials. The museum route is the key to the success of any
museum project, it is the space of the visitor, the space in which he is
invaded by sensations. In this study, we will first evaluate the thermal
comfort in the museum as a whole (building) and then through its route.
The objective is to guide reflection in the design of the museum towards
the route in order to reduce energy consumption. In order to carry out
our study, some European museums were analysed by means of
simulation, according to the thermal comfort of their designs for the
most unfavourable conditions, then by a thermal analysis of the
museum route according to the segmentation principle using the
average radiant temperature. This method allowed us to bring out
correspondences between the architectural form and the route. Finally,
the segmentation method constitutes the basis of a new methodological
approach called "thermal topology" based on the discontinuities of the
temperatures in the route.
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1. Introduction
The birth of architecture had always been
linked to the human being and his needs.
Theories on the architectural space have
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passed from the metric dimensional character
to the ambient psychological character.
Reflections on the human body have shown
that the body does not stop at the surface of
the skin, it has an immaterial boundary called
bubble that is located in close proximity to his
body. (J.Cousin, 1980)
Thus, it will be necessary to imagine that the
body is included in a bubble which is also
composed of several layers taking the form of
a protective eclamptic sphere. Man is thus
surrounded by several spheres of variable
dimensions; these variations are due to his way
of moving in space and the route between
several spaces. These variations affect human
man's behavior and his ways of appropriating
space. The requirements of the human being
as to his space are multiple, it can be noticed
that from our reading, there are three ways of
appropriating the space, a very personal way
making it private, a way slightly personal
making it semi-public, and a not personal way
making it public.
The house is currently considered as the private
space of the human being, many are the
research works that deal with its aspects,
however there are also projects that are
considered by the human being as private with
varying degrees of change such as offices, or
work offices or even schools, hospitals ... in our
era there are also many project intended for
the general public, we find shopping centers,
theaters, museums...
The museum has a public character because it
is designed and intended since the beginning
of its appearance to the public, however it also
characteristics in relation to its user who is its
visitor. Visitors must be transported by their
emotions and live a very personal adventure in
a space intended for the public
2. Literature Review
2.1. The museums a "place" for the public:
Previously, the architecture of the museum,
directly inherited from the great princely
residences, had been adapted to become at
the same time the setting, the decoration of a
private collection; then a public, and place of
its ideal contemplation. The laws derived from
the theories of "Gestalt" have developed the
design of these spaces. They are not the only
ones, there are also the various studies carried
out in the company of visually impaired
people, which made it possible to establish
some rules in the perception of space. Certain
principles of the psychology of perception can
also find an application in architecture and
especially in museum architecture.
For a person who has all his senses, the
experience of architecture is primarily visual
(sense of movement). The movement of the
body, even if it is not one of our five senses,
offers us the measure of things and space. The
route, the visit, allow the appreciation of the
grandeur. We note that the exploration of a
space is carried out by simple gestures such as
approaching, moving away, going around,
going up, going down, penetrating, etc. These
actions invite us to control what we want to
see, hear, smell, taste, touch in a given
During an exhibition, the visitor perceives and
appropriates an ambience, and at the same
time, "dialogue" with what he sees, hears, or
touches, etc. It is no longer in a "space"
dimensions and surface can be determined), it
is located in a "place" that has a history and
that we will discover. The "place" is the result of
a state of mind, a feeling of well-being or
malaise, a feeling.
2.2. The design of contemporary museums:
In this paper we will focus on contemporary
museums, with an overview of the steps that
the museum has taken to reach its present
complete form, and finally, the relationship
between its external and internal aspect thanks
to the notion of the route.
2.2.1. An overview of the evolution of the
The appearance of the museum design had
evolved, according to I. Bayón Juan (2013) in
the city of the 19th century, the museum was
consolidated as an important building in the
urban context with a social function, the
consolidation of several elaborate and defined
models generated new typological qualifiers i)
the Museum-temple, ii) the Museum-palace, ii)
the Composite Museum.
The great social and cultural transformations of
the 20th century changed the concept of the
museum, its social function and the way it was
exhibited. The museum will no longer be a
national sanctuary of art or science, but a tool
for the conservation and transmission of
knowledge. (I. B. Juan, 2013)
In the post-war period, a new type of museum
appeared, the museum as a “white cube” of
modernity, linked to the universal space of Mies
van der Rohe. The first reactions against the
white cube and the museum's association with
the mausoleum began to appear in the 1970s.
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Van der Rohe's ideas for spaces have been
taken up by a new generation. The museum
had ceased to be a temple or a treasure
house, the best example of these new ideas
was the Centre Pompidou opened in 1977.
In the 21st century the museum surpasses all
others in its symbolic character. For this, the
architecture of the museum has become a
gigantic sculpture on a tray or a recognizable
silhouette tower. The most representative
museum of this new image of monumentality
and the media is the Guggenheim in Bilbao. (I.
B. Juan, 2013)
The design of the museum went through four
main stages: i) The collection of objects as a
sacred act: one rarely exposed to the public
that during the festivals according to the
period and the dominant religious belief of the
time, it was practiced at temples, churches,
While the collections were in the hands of the
church, exposed in temples and cloisters, there
was no need to create special spaces for
them, ii) Presentation to the public: Everything
changed when collectivism became secular
and began to be exercised by princes and
nobles. This is how the need to develop new
types of spaces to preserve and exhibit is born.
this period of visual design appears according
to the historical chronology: the studios of the
Renaissance princes, the palaces of Belvedere,
the galleries ,The creation of object cabinets,
iii) as varied function : Baroque art brought a
flourishing of the art by encouraging the
spaces of exhibition for a better valorization of
the collections, it is at this time that one
conceived the first architecture for the
conservation and the exhibition of the
collections, The museum opened in 1683, and
had to wait until the 19th century so that the
operation of removal of the collections can be
carried outiv) varied design: according to the
content, the architectural form and the current
of the architect; according to the routes,... (I. B.
Juan, 2013)
In the contemporary museum the concept of
the route is the key element of the design of
the museum since its appearance, we will now
see how it is treated in the museum.
2.2.2. An interior design and the notion of the
Le Corbusier (1977) had highlighted the fact
that architecture is a journey, with its concept
of "architectural walk". If villas, religious
buildings, etc., offer architectural walks, it is
obviously the museums that are the clearest
examples. Jean-Raphaël Pigeon (2013) notes
that it is only possible for man to visualize
himself in his route if he becomes aware of his
environment through his body, this awareness
allows a better understanding of architectural
space. The first relationships between man and
the route refer to visual abilities, man tends to
understand the environment in which he finds
himself and appropriate it through decoding
information that space sends him.
J-R-Pigeon (2013) evokes the works of J Cousin,
the use of the bubble by the latter can better
define the relations between man and his
space and beyond the route, the bubble is
much more than a series of layers extending on
the periphery of the human body. It does not
have fixed dimensions or a particular shape,
but changes in the spatial route according to
the movements of the body, it marries the
body at a certain distance, but can expand,
widen, or also compress itself according to the
context. The location of the components of the
architectural route (such as transition and
intermediate spaces) have a particular
importance and influence on the users of the
route. However, the direction taken in the user's
route, through the spaces, influences the
perception of the latter.
The concept of route is not easy to define,
because of its polysemy. We can adopt, for
example, the definition of LAROUSSE (2009, p.
356): "it is the route or route followed to go from
one point to another". Common sense gives
various meanings. Showing the complexity of
this term: (path, circuit, route, triathlon, course,
crossing, stage, etc.). For some researchers, the
route represents the movement of the body in
space. For others, it is described as a designvisit interaction, the route being taken into
account according to the context. With the
route, the simple act of moving begins to make
Many solutions to traffic principles have been
developed; they fall into three categories
according to their form (Mariani. R, 2000). (i)
The "linear" route: an obligatory scheme, (ii) The
"labyrinth" route: no traffic constraints, (iii) The
"centered" route: The public is free to choose
the route of its visit.
This typology proposed by Mariani. R (2000), is
very complete if we associate it with the one
proposed by Jean Davallon linked to the three
levels of exhibition: i) the conception (thought
route), ii) the setting in exhibition (proposed
route), iii) and the visit (lived route).
However, this typology proves insufficient if we
compare it to the work carried out by A. Borie
and al (1985) and P. Panerai and al (1983), we
have noticed for the same typology several
other sub-typologies are associated, and after
a reading of the two proposed typologies we
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summarized them as follows (Table 1):
Table 1. Different route configurations.
2.3. The notion of comfort in the museum and
thermal comfort:
If we take the research carried out on
museums from the angle of comfort, we will
realize that the first aspect of comfort that
researchers deal with is visual comfort, this is
due to the initial function of the museum, which
is the exhibition of works of art, if the visitor is
there it is to visually appreciate the exhibition.
The element of ambience linked to the visual
comfort that is often treated in museums is the
light, it is studied not for the comfort of the user
and the success of the exhibition but also its
influence on the works of art (deterioration).
However, despite the importance of light and
visual comfort, there is also another type of
comfort that can influence the success of the
exposure is thermal comfort. This comfort is
linked to the thermal environment often very
much influenced by the architect's choices
during the design with regard to the choice of
materials... it is mainly linked to the conditions
of temperature, humidity and wind as the users
are exposed, but it also concerns the works of
art and their lives, since in the museum it will be
necessary to maintain a precise temperature
and relative humidity for the maintenance of
the works. It is very important to specify that the
thermal performance will say as much about
the energy performance, generally expressed
in kilowatt-hours of primary energy consumed
for 1 m² and over a year (KWh-ep/m².an), the
energy performance of a building designates
its ability to limit energy consumption within a
project, taking into account the quality of its
heating equipment, but perhaps above all, its
thermal behavior. The latter refers to the
evolution of temperatures inside the building.
(H.T Minassian, 2014)
Returning to thermal comfort, and starting with
the users, the first essential condition to provide
thermal comfort to a person is to balance his
energy balance. The calorific power produced
by the metabolism must be equal to the power
dissipated in the environment by the five
exchange means. (M. Le Guay,2009) Thermal
comfort is linked to energy performance, we
are now seeking to make energy performance
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optimal, and it is by improving thermal comfort
that this will be done.
Research in the thermal field concerning the
museum without very rare and since we are
interested in contemporary space we quote
the work of Philippe Rahm (2005) in which he
speaks of the birth of a new thermal approach
with the free plane of Le Corbusier, he begins
from the observation that the way of heating a
space passes by heating each sub-space
separately, and therefore he proposes with the
same principle of the free plan or everything
communicates to try to think of the whole
house as a global atmosphere, this led to the
birth of a new concept which is the thermal
Philippe Rahm had first of all tried to found a
new architectural language linked to the
thermal aspects and inspired by the values of
the invisible. He then adopted the concept of
the Gulf stream which is based on: i) the
creation of an invisible, complex and rich
thermal landscape, defined according to
multiple zones of different temperatures as
many climates, sensitivities, territories, ii) In this
architectural design process, an atmosphere is
created first, before the program, before the
spatial forms, iii) It is then that the program is
placed in space, looking for sensual thermal
conveniences that cross localized ambient
temperature criteria, clothing, physical activity.
(P. Rahm, 2014)
In the case of museums, we can mention his
work on the THERMAL DISTORSION for the
Contemporary Art Gallery in Grand Palais
(Paris, 2009), which first takes place through the
zoning of activities, defining space by nuance
of heat that generates different zones and
functions (Working seated: 21°C, visiting
walking: 16°C, Storing: 12°C). He therefore
established from these needs a design
according to the temperatures of the space to
be designed.
Rahm's work is more than interesting insofar as
he begins to analyze before designing and
according to that he designs. The observation
made on the case of European museums is
that the thermal comfort component is often
linked to the construction phase, the architect
chooses the materials, proposes a particular
orientation of the projects and the interior
spaces, sometimes use software for the
calculation and estimation of the energy
balances related to the heat of his building,
except that the real heating and airconditioning powers to install his estimate once
the project is completed.
In the case of museum projects realized with a
particular architectural form, is there a
relationship between the chosen form and
thermal comfort for the most unfavorable
conditions (daily and seasonal? and how does
the choice of the course participate to make
the thermal comfort during the visit better?
Can better thermal comfort conditions be
expected from the project design phase?
3. Methodology and case study
3.1. Methodology
The element that we will use to evaluate the
thermal comfort in this paper is the mean
radiant temperature (MRT). This last represents
from a theoretical point of view one of the
elements with major influence on the comfort,
it is the average of the surface temperatures of
the walls which surround the person, it allows to
give an idea on the resulting temperature of
the comfort which is calculated by the relation:
Resulting temperature ≈ (Ambient + mean
radiant temperature) / 2
3.1.1. Evaluation of the comfort of the building:
We first calculate the different coefficients of
form, of compactness and the ratio surface loss
/ living area in order to obtain information on
the thermal capacities of each architectural
We modelled after reduced models of our
case studies with their real dimensions, their
climatic files and all the characteristics of the
construction materials and the context. We
then simulated the thermal comfort as a
function of the mean radiant temperature
using the Ecotect 05 software, the simulation
was carried out in several stages as follows:
 The plan views of the analysis grids for
the critical hours of the most
unfavorable day according to the
season, we obtained 6 representative
results by plan views. In this regard, we
cite the case of the first floor of the
Acropolis Museum in Athens (Table 2).
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Table 2. Variation of the mean radiant temperature in the
Museum of the Acropolis of Athens
We determined the recommended
radiant temperature and compared it
with the simulation results to obtain the
percentages of the temperatures in the
interior building spaces that respect this
The correspondence between the different
case studies allowed us to make a first reading.
3.1.2. Assessment of thermal comfort in the
museum route:
We then took the schematic results of the
resulting mean radiant temperatures and on
these we drawn the route, considering each
colored part of the plan with a temperature as
segments a part, we calculated the number of
segments for each temperature and from this
calculation we determined the temperature
Figure 1: Schematic segmentation, and graph of number
of segments by temperature (source: author, 2018)
3.1.3. The correspondence between the two
methods of analysis:
It is by means of the Statistical 07 software that
we will proceed to carry out correspondences
between the various parameters analyzed by
means of a multivariate analysis. All
methodology had been explained in Figure 02.
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Figure 2: Methodological principle (source: author, 2018)
3.2. Case studies:
We have chosen our case studies according to
a selection criteria grid, and we quote to this
3.2.1. Architecture and architectural form: It
should be noted that the selected museums all
belong to the same historical period (19802008), museums where the architect had tried
to display a particular intention to work with the
daylight given the function of exposure
(orientation, materials, daylight,) which will
have a particular influence on thermal
comfort. For the plan shape based on the
optimum which varies according to the
latitude of place. Our museums are all located
on latitudes between (37°N_59°N) and altitudes
which vary between 0 and 300m.
shape coefficient, representing the ratio
between the surface of the envelope and the
habitable volume (m²/m3), it indicates the
degree of exposure of the building to climatic
factors, it is a very important criterion in the
thermal evaluation of the building but delicate
to apply because it depends on several
factors, such as the geometric shape, the size
and the mode of contact of the buildings.
(Roger Camous et al, 1979).
3.2.3. The orientation: The southern exposure is
interesting because the sun is high and it is easy
to protect oneself. It is the most favorable
exposure in summer after full north, while being
the best in winter. For that we chose museums
oriented South or South-East or South-West.
So, we have proposed, according to the
architectural form and in relation to thermal
comfort, 09 museums presented in the table 3:
3.2.2. Geometry, shape and compactness
coefficients: The size and geometry of the
building partly determine the heating and
cooling requirements. We have therefore
classified our selected cases according to their
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Table 3. Summary of case studies and coefficients.
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4. Results and discussion:
4.1. Evaluation of the comfort of the building: In
relation to the coefficients
For the coefficient of compactness, we found
very varied results, the Bilbao Museum presents
the lowest coefficients (0,11) compared to the
proposed museum, however the Jewish
Museum of Berlin and the Hergé Museum and
the Maxxi and the Acropolis Museum Athens
have a coefficient in the same interval (0,15
and 0.25). The prehistoric departmental
museums, the Beyeler Riehen and centro
practically the same coefficients (0, 5).
In the case of the ratio of loss area to living
area, we did not find any relationship between
the results obtained for the different case
studies. We go from 0,5 for the case of Bilbao to
1,2 for the Museum of Hergé, 1,8 for the Jewish
Museum, the Museum of the Acropolis Athens,
the Beyeler Riehen between 2 and 2,3 .and
finally the great values for the Prehistoric
Departmental Museum and centro Gallego de
Arte contemporary ≤ 3.
These coefficients do not give us a plausible
reading of the thermal quality of buildings, the
most interesting from a scientific point of view is
the ratio surface loss / living area, but for our
study cases there is a variation between the
floor area and the footprint which makes the
relationship between the results very subjective.
However by the coefficients of form we can
already classify our museums into three formal
categories: i) museum of simple form (Cf≈2):
Prehistoric departmental museum, the Centro
Gallego de Rate contemporaneo and the
Beyeler Riehen, ii) Museums of simple form
modified to 50% (see ≈ 4 to 5): the Jewish
Museum of Berlin, the Hergé Museum and the
Museum of the Acropolis Athens. And finally,
the museum with complex form (Cf: 6,3): the
museums Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, DE
MAXXI and Grenoble Museum of Fine Arts.
4.1.1. The percentage of annual thermal
comfort and the respect of the MTR:
After the simulation we obtained the
percentage of the overall comfort (Table 4) of
the building and we can say that for all
museums there is no particular relationship
being the results all museums achieve almost
50% percentage of comfort.
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Table 4. Annual thermal comfort and the MTR
For the unfavorable period of the winter, for
museums whose coefficient of form is around 2,
the percentage of the mean radiant
temperature in the global building for the
winter period is respected with a percentage
less than 50%, such as the case of museums:
prehistoric departmental, the Museum Beyeler
Riehen and Centro Gallego de Arte
contemporaneo, (Figure 03) for museums
whose coefficient is equal to 5, the percentage
of the respect of the mean radiant
temperature is higher than 50% we quote the
example of the Museum of the Acropolis
Athens, and for the museums or the
coefficients is higher than 6 the percentages
approaches 50%.
For the unfavorable period in mid-season, there
is no variation for the percentage of mean
radiant temperature, in all museums it is greater
than 50%.
For the most unfavorable period of the summer,
we notice a percentage exceeding 50% for
museums where the coefficient of form is equal
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to 2 such as the case of the Centro Gallego de
Arte contemporaneo, for the rest of the cases it
is considered as average approaching 50%.
This reading does not offer any particular
information with regard to the notion of
comfort from conception, and despite the
disparities that may exist, it does not present
any particularity of thermal point specific to the
museums in the corpus of study.
If we return to the initial segmentation of the
route according to temperatures, we will
notice that for these two cases (Figure 05) the
visit begins from the same point and also ends
in the same point, the route is considered linear
for the visit but from a conceptual point of view
it is rectilinear centered.
igure 3: Diagram of the percentages of the MRT in the
study cases
4.2. Assessment of thermal comfort in the
museum route:
4.2.1. Differences in mean radiant temperature
in winter:
The differences of mean radiant temperature
are present within the route of two museums of
case studies which are: Museum of the
Departmental Museum. (Figure 04) These
differences characterize the three periods of
the day when we passed for example in the
case of the Acropolis Museum from 03
segments of 05° and 02 segments of 09° in the
morning of the coldest day to 04 segments of
05° and 03 segments of 09° at noon, and 05
segments of 05° and 06 segments of 09°. The
correspondence also shows the total absence
in these cases of a study of radiant mean
temperature differences for the summer period.
Figure 4: Diagram of variation in number of temperature
segments, daily and seasonal variations
Figure 5: the route plan for the case of Prehistoric
Departmental Museum and Museum of the Acropolis
4.2.2. Differences mean radiant temperature in
These types of Differences characterize three
museums of our case studies which are the
Beyeler Riehen Museum, The Centro Gallego
de Arte contemporaneo and the Hergé
Museum, with a total absence of temperature
differences during the winter period (Figure 06).
We cite the case of the Beyeler Riehen
museum, where we notice according to the
graph that for the morning of the hottest day
the route consists of 03 segments, a first one
with a mean radiant temperature of 18°, and
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02 segments where the temperature is 22°, at
noon for the same day the route will have 03
temperatures, 18° on a segment, 22° on 10
segments, and finally 30° on 07 segments. For
the afternoon of the hottest period we will
have 02 segments of 18°, and one at 22°.
Museum in Berlin and the MAXXI Museum in
Rome (Figure 08).
For this purpose we mention the case of the
Jewish Museum of Berlin or for the two periods
of the mid-season, for the morning 02° and 08°,
at midday the distribution will remain with
equality but we will have 04 segments of each
temperature 02° and 08°, the route will be
composed of 04 segments, divided equally on
two temperatures, for the afternoon we will
have three temperatures, 02 segments of 02°,
07 segments of 08° and 06 segments of 12°.
Figure 06: Diagram of variation in number of temperature
segments, daily and seasonal variations
The route for these three case studies is of the
same nature as it appears in the Figure 07, it is
considered linear for the visitor, from the
conceptual point of view, the linearity of this
route can be in the case of the Museum
Beyeler Riehen segmented, the Centro Gallego
de Arte contemporary adopt the form of a
zigzag and finally the Museum Hergé be
labyrinthine in nature.
Figure 08: Diagram of variation in number of temperature
segments, daily and seasonal variations
The second group is the one where these
Differences are absent and we find two types
of museums in this category, the Museum of
Modern Art and Architecture in Stockholm and
the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.
In the case of the Guggenheim Museum in
Bilbao, the route consists of a single segment
with a mean radiant temperature of 09° and
those for the three periods of the day. In the
case of the Museum of Modern Art and
Architecture in Stockholm the route consists of
05 segments spread out at 03 over a
temperature of 05° and 02 segment for a
temperature of 09°.
Figure 09: the route plan
Figure 07: the route plan
4.2.3. Differences in the mean radiant
temperature in mid-season:
These differences are the most important for
our study cases, given the fact that they can
extend over a long period of the year that is 06
months, there are two groups of this type of
difference completely opposite, the first is the
one where the differences of the mean radiant
temperature are present, it includes the Jewish
For these four types of museum buildings in
Figure 10, the route is labyrinth type, however
for the Maxxi and the Jewish Museum this
labyrinth has a conceptual character of
linearity, and for the Museum of Modern Art
and Architecture in Stockholm and the
Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, a perfect
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Figure 10: the route plan
4.3. Correspondence and Recommendation:
First, we studied the correspondence between
the comfort of the building and that of the
route with the software statestica 07. This
museums of our case studies and those of the
recommendation will take effect if we respect
from the design: Optimal shape / appropriate
route / optimal mean radiant temperature:
 The optimal architectural form is the
simple form (primary), simple forms are
characterized by the existence of
temperature differences that will last no
more than 03 months (the time of a
season). For the type of route, we
Configuration, all varieties are required
(simple, centered, or zigzag).
 The mid-season differences which can
affect the museum route over a period
of 06 months, very often characterize
the architectural forms having kept 50%
of their simple primary form, it will be
necessary to propose the most
compact architectural forms possible
and without disengagement, as far as
the route is concerned, we propose the
routes with Integral Configuration.
 The mid-season differences are also
absent in the case of museums with
complex shape (organic form), or the
route is often labyrinthine or mixed type
seems the most appropriate, it will
however be necessary to find solutions
for the winter and summer periods.
4.4. The birth of the thermal topology:
The segmentation method we have proposed
in this paper has nothing to do with metric
dimensions of space, it depends on changes in
temperature in space. While looking for a
meaning of this segmentation in the field of
thermal, we found that this segmentation
corresponds to what O. Gregory and A.
Kumbaro (2013) had named the “thermal
The thermal topology has not been evoked
where to present in various works of urban
planning or architecture, however it is related
to the field of the physics of the buildings. The
notion of topology designates the thermal
balance, it is related to them different regimes
of heat flow in the wall or within the space
itself. Topology is used in Thermomotor
simulations to qualify color (pixel) variations for
each image rendering and each temperature.
If we take the museum route in relation to the
visitor's movement, we will notice that each
temperature, or we pass from one temperature
to another through a transition (a thermal
event corresponding to the change in
temperature) the segments in this case can be
called "sequence", and we can thus define
thermal topology as the transformations or
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discontinuities affecting the mean radiant
temperature throughout route and we can
then propose a new method of analysis based
on temperature variation named sequential
analysis. This new way of reading the space
topologically will allow to qualify the
architectural space from the thermal point of
view "topologically", or within the route we can
find several discontinuities based on the
variations of temperatures.
This new methodological approach, linked to
the thermal environment, can support
simulation in order to improve the thermal
performance of a design, or the study of a
possible correction based on the micro (detail)
and not the Marco (the whole project). The
method of sequential analysis of ambient
topologies (Saraoui.S, Belakehal, A, and al,
2018) had already been tested on the museum
route for the sound and light ambiences.
5. Conclusion:
Museums are very important projects in our
time, their importance emanates from the
architectural aspect of the external form which
plays a very important role in contemporary
museums. If from a conceptual point of view
the architect displays a particular intention for
visual comfort and daylight in museum, the
ambiguous and often treated after the
realization. However, it is essential to know how
to choose the appropriate forms so that the
piece of art do not deteriorate under the
effect of variation of temperature and
The museum route is the link between the
external architectural aspect and the interior of
the museum space, whether it is an architect's
choice, an imposed constraint or a result. It is
the visitors' space on which the whole visit rests,
the space in which visitors are invaded by
sensations. This route can also be the place of
variation of an essential element of comfort
which is the mean radiant temperature
influencing the visitors' feeling.
In this paper we have taken as elements to
analyze the mean radiant temperature which
gives an overall idea on the thermal comfort.
We first analyzed the thermal comfort of the
museums in question as a building, the results of
this part seemed too general and without any
particular relationship. The evaluation of the
museum through its route, allowed us to detect
the temperature differences that
characterize each type of museum, first for the
periods of the most unfavorable days, then for
each season. This allowed us to make
recommendations for the choice of the form
and the typology of route which goes with, this
reflection related to the design of the museums
makes it possible to reduce the consumption of
Approaching the museum route by means of
the segmentation method by mean radiant
temperature interval, put the emphasis on a
new methodological approach that can bring
a new definition to the museum space based
differences that can characterize the route,
This new way of reading space we have called
“thermal topology” can define new spatiality
of architectural space other than that based
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